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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Gardening experiments"

We can learn much about gardening by trying different methods.

Leafing through some gardening books given to me a few months ago by a friend's mother, who had moved into retirement accommodation, I came across a slip of paper upon which had been typed some 'handy tips'. 'Pour tea leaves from the teapot around azaleas - tends to make soil acidic', read one. Another stated: 'Vegemite mixed with water poured on cuttings will make them strike better'. I smiled as I read the hints: I love this sort of gardening lore and it reminds me that whilst horticulture is ... Read On »

June in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »

Jobs to do

Though the weather is cold, there are lots of jobs to be done in the garden in June! Read More »

My Gardening Tip of the month

I don't prune any of my warm-climate frost-sensitive plants such as cane and shrubby Begonia, tender Salvia or Pentas now, however ratty they may be looking. If visitors are coming, I may very lightly trim them to tidy them a little but proper pruning will make them vulnerable to a very cold winter's night, which may maim or even kill them! I leave this pruning until mid-August or even later for some specimens. However, this is just how I do it - other people do prune now and they are probably a lot tidier than I am! I like to have the framework of the old growth through winter otherwise everything would be bare for a long time till it started to grow again, and I also feel that this also provides protection to the plant in case we do get a very cold spell. If you live in a mild area, it is probably less of an issue.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 292 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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"Garden Problems" forum topic: "How hard to grow palm trees?"

Desy Serona asks:
 Can you give me how long or difficult when I grow palm trees?

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